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Canon EMEA Reviews

Updated 30 January 2019
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  • "Work / Life balance is perfected" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Great working environment - they real look after staff, and are very understanding of personal life" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Work/Life balance good
    Great location
    Great colleagues
    Good L&D

    Cons

    No company is perfect and Canon isn’t either. The many Pros will make up for any. Thanks ns

    Advice to Management

    Seek 360 degree internal feedback when reorganising the business.


  2. "Canon EMEA - Stockley Park"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canon EMEA full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment - they real look after staff, and are very understanding of personal life

    Cons

    Senior management lack vision and leadership

    Advice to Management

    Inspire the team at CEL with vision and positive leadership

  3. Helpful (4)

    "The good, the bad andthe ugly"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people as individuals are great

    Cons

    Not clear progression path, no transparency on how to achieve the next level or view on role. Glass ceiling for women. No transparency on talent management. Not the place for someone who is ambitions and hungry.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Just terrible - the politics, the dinosaurs, old fashioned strategy, far location"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great employee discount on Canon products, good name on CV, you get to participate to nice events

    Cons

    Where to start...
    They don't pay enough for what they ask.
    Overtime is not paid in any ways and you will definitely work more than stated on your contract. Night shifts required despite technology and overseas team would make it unnecessary.
    Politics are so bad. If you're not in the click, you're no one.
    The location is way too far from central London - you can clearly see the talent pool is not as high as London businesses.
    There is no organisation and standard processes or policies. HR is very biaised and does not protect employees, if anything, is more political than SLT.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with staff, increase salaries to invest in real talented resources, be more agile and allow more flexible working.
    Increase efficiencies cutting costs on duplicated resources (why so many designers?!), send all your managers to decent courses for managers - some of them are proper bullies and so unprofessional.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA full-time

    Pros

    Open culture in a multinational environment with the possibility to work on new and exiciting business propositions.
    Name opens doors at potential customers and partners; brand is well known and is evaluated positively.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow in a role at hand; it is necessary to go for a new challenge if you want to move forward.
    Management is quite risk averse. It takes alot of effort to take next steps after new business propositions have been developed.

    Advice to Management

    Open up for new possibilities. Canon has to make changes in the information management and document processing domain to remain competitive. Sticking to old business will not lead to the set targets.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tech giant with lots going on, and room to move"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Flexible working allows WFH, flexible hours, and a large degree of trust to work on projects your own way.

    * Good working atmosphere with lots of friendly people around the business.

    * Good possibilities of travel if you don't mind doing a bit of extra work.

    * Good compensation for overtime / days worked (1 to 1 on days, hours and expenses negotiable with bosses, but generally very easy and reasonable)

    * Excellent new CEO who is empathetic to employees, but also very focused and driven.

    In summary, there is room to progress once you've learned to "play the game" a bit. It's a great, heavily multicultural business that can afford lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    * Poor vision and oversight from senior and middle management - leads to very variable teams, with issues rarely addressed.

    * Terrible, thoughtless and unhelpful HR team who are more interested in each other's gossip than the rest of the company.

    * Weak leadership means employees can often get pigeon holed or stuck at a level without good guidance on how to progress.

    * The business is beholden to Canon japan, with an increased presence from Japanese employees on secondment, who regard everything Canon japan does as suitable for Europe, which is short sighted. These colleagues are afraid of returning to Japan having under-performed, so stick to what worked for them previously. This is a poor strategy, but there is little room to challenge it.

    Advice to Management

    * Tighter control and guidance for teams, including support for weaker colleagues and opportunities for those who are excelling.

    * Listen to employees who have been hired as experts in their field. As a global business, no one approach will work worldwide.

    * Continue to support flexible working.

    * Reward contributions to company culture as much as you do company achievement.

    * Challenge middle management to make good hires and to maintain control of their teams better.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canon EMEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. The pension was decent but you can’t join the final salary one anymore.

    Cons

    You should only work here if both the bailiffs and the wolf are beating your door down. And even then you should immediately begin to look for something else.

    Look at the reviews over the last few years. Common themes are: bullying, low morale, lack of career progression, clueless management, archaic systems, lack of vision, 2 major restructures in the last 3 years, racism, sexism. Do you really want to work here?

    CEL is a pointless organisation for the most part and there are a lot of dinosaurs clinging on to get their pension,

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors and put everyone out of their misery.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "Going from bad to worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canon EMEA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people development, opportunity to travel, they were transforming into a modern organisation.

    Cons

    Institutional racism (unless you're Japanese), incompetence at some senior levels (although some are very good), new CEO (2018) is taking the company back to the dark ages in search of returning to profit.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "No Where to Go Once you Join!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canon EMEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Restaurant & Costa Coffee

    Cons

    Poor management, clueless leaders people who just perform a Check Box Exercise. If you join this organization you will not progress, it is jobs for the boys & only if your face fits.
    HR are a joke, they are more clueless than the senior management team.
    Lots of good people have been made redundant & other good people are leaving in their droves, not a healthy place to work
    Poor Salary not inline with the market
    Poor benefits & holiday compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all your senior management & replace them with people who actually know what they are doing

    Bring back people who did make a difference & let them work in these positions


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Directionless shambles"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canon EMEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good lunch facility and Costa Cafe on site.

    Cons

    Utterly clueless leadership taking the company back to the dark ages in an attempt to balance the books. HR is frankly shocking and wouldn't know a policy, law, process or strategy if it hit them in the face with a lawsuit. Staff are seen as expendable in the chase to improve the losses. Institutionally racist and sexist unless you are a male Japanese seconded from Japan. No female people managers at all except HR... and HR are clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in experts who understand the culture of Europe. You are on the verge of being the next Kodak.